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Photo Safari Botswana Wildlife Explorer

Exclusive photo safari Botswana Wildlife Explorer at the height of the dry season


This photo tour offers the very best for the nature and animal enthusiastic hobby photographers. Three of the most legendary game reserves in southern Africa. Very big chances to experience breath-taking wildlife sightings. You will have enough space on the safari vehicles and will photograph from boats, specially equipped for photographers. You will spend a night in a beautiful lodge near Chobe National Park and in Khwai and Savuti in a charming camp, exclusively for our group only, glamping de-luxe for the nature lover!

If you want to photograph a great diversity of wildlife and are looking for an intense nature experience, this tour is perfect for you!

7 to 16 Oktober 2020

10 days/9 nights from Maun / to Kasane

Maximum of 8 people

Maun – Khwai River – Savuti – Chobe National Park – Kasane
This trip offers a number of extraordinary photographical highlights!
  • You will visit the wildest and most spectacular safari areas in Botswana at the peak of the dry season. This is the best time of year for wildlife watching. Action scenes at the water points are pre-programmed.
  • Less is more: by having longer stays at the various locations we can ensure that there is plenty of time for viewing and photographing wildlife.
  • You will spend the nights in comfortable tented camps right in the middle of nature on your very own bed. The camps will be set up especially for us, and will be used exclusively by our group. Enjoy an amazing experience of nature in luxury.
  • Two charter flights will bring you to the Khwai Game Reserve in Kasane. Enjoy a bird's eye view of the Okavango Delta and the uninhabited wilderness!
  • Boat trips along the Chobe River with a special photography boat, equipped with built-in stands and 360-degree swivel chairs. The special boat will allow you to come up close to the animals and photograph them from a particularly low camera angle. Eye level with the animals!
  • Exclusive for our group: guaranteed window space on the safari vehicle for each participant (instead of the usual up to 9 people)
  • On this photo tour you will be accompanied by the professional wildlife and nature photographer, James Gifford. James has been living in Botswana for 10 years and knows the parks and the animals like no other. Learn how to take pictures like a pro and benefit from putting James’s tips and tricks into practice!


Itinerary

Exclusive photo tour at the height of the dry season
Day 1: With a bush plane into the Delta
After making your way to Maun you will be greeted at the international airport after your arrival. Shortly afterwards we will take off on a bush flight in the direction of Khwai River. In this region you will spend the first 3 nights of your photo trip. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon we will set off with a photo guide on the game drive.

We will spend the night in a charming tented camp that has been set up exclusively for our group. Our crew will make sure that you have everything you need.
Botswana Photo Tour
Botswana Photo Tour
Day 2 – 3: Exploration days in Khwai
The Khwai River forms the border between the Moremi Reserve and the community area. We will spend the following two nights at an exclusive camp site in the community area and explore the Khwai floodplains on game drives. You will spend your time on game drives between the dry areas of the leadwood and camel thorn forests, savannahs, riverbanks and swampy waters of the Khwai River. The region is particularly known for regular sightings of leopards and wild dogs. Let yourself be inspired by the abundance and diversity of wildlife.
Botswana Photo Tour
Botswana Photo Tour
Day 4: From Khwai to Savuti
We will continue north to Chobe National Park, where we will spend the next three nights on another exclusive camp site in the wilderness of the Savuti region. The half-day drive to Savuti overlooks en Paleo-Lake Makgadikgadi, which dried up tens of thousands of years ago. The biggest challenge of this tour will be the crossing of the Magwikwe Sand Ridge, which formed the coastline for this once massive inland sea. The winding route through deep sand makes it an interesting journey. The old lake bottom forms the Mababe lowland, whose dense clay soil is very rich in protein, providing a good food source for wildlife, which is abundant in the area after the rainy season. After arriving to Savuti, we will explore the surroundings again with a game drive in the best light.
Botswana Photo Tour
Botswana Photo Tour
Day 5 – 6: Exploration days in Savuti
Unlike large parts of the country, Savuti is not a completely flat landscape. Large hills of volcanic rock rise from the Kalahari sand high above the endless savannah. These hills provide habitats for a very different range of small wildlife, birds and plants. The Savuti marshland is the stage for many of the dramatic nature documentaries in Africa. The vast, open landscape, the abundance of ungulate populations, particularly strong lion prides and hyena clans provide dramatic scenes and excellent observation opportunities. The mostly dry Savuti Channel runs through this area, linking the dry sand fields, waterholes, hills and grasslands that make up the Savuti Marsh.

The interplay of lions and elephants is undoubtedly one of the most interesting aspects of Savuti. The area is inhabited by a large herd of lions, ranging from 20 to 30 members. These exceptional lions have learned over the years how to hunt the massive pachyderms. They start their attack in the darkness and through their large numbers, they succeed in killing young animals as well as younger, adult elephants. The marsh is the main area of the cheetahs and it is not unusual to find wild dogs here.
Botswana Photo Tour
Botswana Photo Tour
Day 7: Onward journey to the Chobe river
After a last activity in the early morning we will fly with our charter airplane to Kasane.

In the afternoon we will make the first boat safari on the Chobe River. We will use a photo boat specially designed for photographers and equipped with fixed tripods and swivel chairs.

The Chobe River offers excellent game viewing during the peak of the dry season. There are only a few water sources left and especially large herds of elephants and buffalos gather to drink on the riverbanks.
Botswana Photo Tour
Botswana Photo Tour
Day 8 – 9: On the Chobe River
You will have two full days to explore the Chobe. Both in the morning and in the late afternoon we will explore the wildlife of the river by photo boat. Photographing from the boat provides excellent perspectives and animals such as buffalos, elephants, antelopes and many more can be taken at eye level or even from a deeper angle. Particularly beautiful pictures can be taken at sunsets and backlight shots with the animals in dust clouds.
Botswana Photo Tour
Botswana Photo Tour
Day 10: End of the photography expedition and journey home
Now it is time to bid farewell. The photo expedition finishes today. Enjoy sleeping little longer – the morning is yours to do with as you please. Later you will be getting on your international flight home or continuing your holiday under your own steam.
Botswana Photo Tour
Botswana Photo Tour

Accommodation

Adventure, glamping and pure enjoyment
Khwai & Sawuti: comfortable De-Luxe camped tents
You will be sleeping in comfortable tented camps when on safari in the national parks and wildlife reserves. The luxury camps will be set up for us every time we stop for the day. You will stay overnight in the middle of nature in comfortable and spacious tents in Meru style (3.5 x 4.5m).

All the tents have large windows with mosquito nets as well as private en suite bathrooms. Every tent has two beds with comfortable mattresses, covers and pillows.

The bathroom has a bush shower, bush toilet and a small sink.

The camp team, which also includes the safari guides, a cook and other employees, will make sure your stay is a pleasant one. The meals will be prepared over an open fire by the camp crew. You will be amazed at what the cook can whip up. During meals, beautifully set tables with comfortable chairs will be available. You don’t need to worry about anything – just sit back, relax and enjoy the nature around the camp, or pour over your latest photos.

Kasane: Enjoy the beautiful lodge – designed by photographers for photographers
In Kasane you will stay in a beautiful lodge with a fantastic view of the Chobe River. The lodge is located close to the entrance of Chobe National Park. This lodge is designed by photographers for photographers! It has only 14 rooms, each with a private balcony and plenty of storage space for luggage and camera equipment. At the heart of the lodge are a pool deck, a dining area and a special room for picture discussions and editing. Beautiful wildlife pictures hang everywhere in the lodge for inspiration. From here you can take a photo boat trip to Chobe National Park.

Photo Guide

Take pictures like a pro with James Gifford
James Gifford takes responsibility for leading this scheduled photo tour, or if he is unwell/unavailable, another guide from our team will take over.

James Gifford
Always an avid traveller, it was the continent of Africa and its wildlife that first captivated me from an early age, beckoning repeatedly until it could eventually be called home. Combining much enthusiasm and a smattering of technical knowledge, I eventually managed to ditch the London life and settled into what is a photographer's dream location in Africa.

I now spend much of my time in the bush, either photographing wildlife for editorial features, running specialist photographic safaris or shooting stills and videos for safari lodges for their marketing campaigns. I'm travelling regularely in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenia

Like any wildlife photographer worth their salt, I would like to hope that in some small way my work makes a difference in highlighting the diminishing availability of the planet’s wildlife, whilst also illustrating the fact that raw beauty and true wilderness locations do still exist, if you look hard enough. It is not too late.

learn more about James

We talked to James about his passion for photography: read more here
Who is this photo safari Botswana suitable for?
This trip is perfectfor both beginners and advanced photographers. Our photography guide, James, will be supported by another Amazing Views photography guide, so that we can provide assistance in both English and German. The small group sizes give the photography guides leeway to attend to the various needs of beginners and advanced photographers. You will be on the trail with like-minded people who love photography and the great outdoors, as well as want to expand their knowledge of the art of taking pictures.

This trip will also be a unique experience of nature for partners who do not share your love of photography as they will get the chance to view animals from the safari vehicle, boat or even a mokoro canoe.

Tour Price

Included in the price
  • photographic supervision by professional photographers
  • Guided tour in English & German (min. 6 participants)
  • 6 overnight stays in a cosy and spacious tented camp with comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms - exclusively at private campsites within the national parks and wildlife reserves
  • Overnight stay in a nice lodge in Kasane
  • 2 charter flights
  • Additional baggage for photographers - total 30kg instead of 20kg (hand and checked baggage)
  • All meals and drinks
  • 2 game drives/activities per day
  • Guaranteed window seat in safari vehicle
  • Exclusive use of the photography boat on the Chobe river
  • All entry and camp fees within the parks and reserves
  • All transfers from Maun/to Kasane
  • All-in-one info package - extensive information on the trip, checklists, tips and much more
Not included in the price
  • Travel there and back (Maun/Kasane)
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional transfers and excursions
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Premium and imported drinks
  • Any visa application fees
  • Travel insurance/cancellation cover
  • Any airport fees
We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)


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  • A very well-organized, "small" adventure which - fortunately away from the mass tourism flows - gave me many impressive, sometimes touching and moving unique moments in the African wilderness. The photographer, James, not only has an excellent sense of finding the right moment and subject, but also for the different needs and requirements of each participant. Overall, a successful trip that not only fully met my expectations but, in many aspects, also exceeded them.

    Manfred, Botswana Wildlife Explorer 2018
  • Amazing Views organized an absolutely amazing trip. The Letaka Safaris offered a wonderful organization. The drivers are very good and very successful with their game drives. Their great knowledge in the interpretation and perception of footprints and animal sounds was superb, so that we were allowed to take many impressive moments in discovering the wildlife in this beautiful landscape. But James is what topped the entire trip: an extremely good photographer, with knowledge that he was able to convey very well. I benefited enormously from him. His heartfelt way of leading the group was absolutely terrific. A great journey with unique impressions and pure emotions. Thank you all for this experience, it is unforgettable.

    Corinne, Botswana Wildlife Explorer 2018
  • After 30 years we were back in Botswana and felt wonderfully cared for by Thomas and James and the whole team of Letaka Safaris. We had not imagined that the trip was going to be that great. From the competent photo and travel companion of James to the extraordinarily beautiful campsites and the interactions with the nice fellow travelers, there was nothing to complain about. We can only recommend everyone to join this trip. Amazing Views, you are top!

    Sonja & Jürgen, Botswana Wildlife Explorer 2018
  • "Amazing Views" has lived up to its name. We have taken unforgettable impressions home from a varied, well-organized and exclusive trip to a fantastic wildlife area. Thomas and James led the group sympathetically and professionally and knew how to respond to the participants individually. We felt very comfortable, even though the hyenas, hippos and elephants regularly visited our camp at night. Highly recommended ... if not even a must

    Reto & Marlene, Botswana Wildlife Explorer 2018
  • A great trip over four outstanding, but also very different stops within the Okavango Delta. Both the driving and the photo guides provided memorable moments and assisted with "shooting" fantastic photos with help and advice. Even my already very high expectations were exceeded. Thank you Amazing Views for a wonderful trip!

    Mathias, Botswana Wildlife Explorer 2018
Good to know
    Good to know
  • The Terms and Conditions: of Amazing Views & Adventure Tours apply, as well as all other conditions which are listed in the descriptions for the respective trips.
  • Luggage: Please note that a weight limit of 20kg (including hand luggage and photographic equipment) normally applies to flights with small aircrafts. We have rented an exclusive charter flight for our photo tour to the Okavango Delta with additional seats. This allows our guests to take an additional 10 kg of luggage in addition to the usual 20 kg. Luggage may only be carried in soft sports bags / duffel bags. Hard-shell suitcases will not be accepted to the aircraft.
  • Weather: The dry season lasts from April to October and is ideal for game viewing. October is the hottest and driest month. Temperatures can reach around 40 degrees.
  • Condition: The journey does not require any special physical requirements.
  • Accommodations: As you may be aware, your accommodation is often in national parks, which are quite far away from civilisation.
  • Currency: In Botswana, you pay with Pula. All major credit cards are accepted. At ATMs you can usually withdraw money with your credit card (PIN code!), also possible with your EC card. Tips for guides and staff should be given either in Pula, Rand, Dollar or Euro. Other currencies can only be changed by the locals with difficulty.
  • Electricity: The voltage in Botswana is 220 - 230 volts. You need an appropriate adapter. Please note that the power supply on this photo tour is limited. Camera batteries and other things can be charged on the safari vehicles. In Kasane you have full power in the lodge again.
  • Health: For trips to Botswana, malaria prophylaxis tablets and the usual vaccinations are highly recommended. Please consult with a doctor specialising in tropical medicine, or your family doctor. You must take important medication with you from your home country, as there is no guarantee that you will receive the desired medication in Botswana. All important medicines should be carried in your hand luggage.
  • Insurances: We strongly advise you to purchase insurance for cancellation and return journey costs, which will be needed in the event of a secluded region being evacuated, a local hospital stay or return travel costs to your home country in an emergency.
  • Entry requirements Botswana: For entry into Botswana, Swiss and EU citizens require a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the return date and contains more than two blank pages. A visa is not required for Botswana. Please check the exact conditions before departure.
  • Travel information FDFA: The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA regularly publishes information on countries in which there may be security policy or other risks. The FDFA's travel advice is based on its own trustworthy sources of information. These travel tips can be found on the FDFA's website: www.eda.admin.ch